It’s that time again – for the fourth straight year, Meat Week beckons DC’s barbecue lovers with eight great reasons to celebrate low-and-slow cooking.  And this year, our host restaurants have come up with some of the biggest and best specials we’ve ever seen.  I can’t even begin to imagine someone making it to all eight this year…and I don’t know that I want to see the results if anyone does!

If you’ve joined us over the past three years, you know that your DC Meat Week Team is committed to bringing something new to the picnic table each year.  We’ve rotated our leadership again – David Gootzit  (the Bacon Terrorist) is now our Captain, and Jenelle Dennis (Babeque) joins me as First Mate.  This year, we’ve expanded Meat Week in TWO big ways – adding a Food Truck Face-Off to determine which of four local food trucks serves the best barbecue in town and helping one of our hosts introduce a new extreme eating challenge.

Let’s start with that second bit of news. As they have in the past, Pork Barrel BBQ is using Meat Week to launch something new.  This year, it’s the “High on the Hog” Eating Challenge.  Entrants have 45 minutes to eat ALL of the following:

  • 1 Smackin’ Big Daddy Sandwich (the Smackin’ Big Daddy is an oversized sandwich with ½ pound of pulled pork and a Texas Brisket Sausage, topped with Monster Cheese Sauce, Cole Slaw and BBQ Sauce.
  • 1 Slab of Ribs
  • 2 Texas Brisket Sausages
  • 1 Side of Monster Mac & Cheese
  • 1 Side of Baked Beans
  • 1 Side of Cole Slaw

Finish them all in time, and you will be covered with glory (and barbecue sauce).  You will receive a t-shirt, a $50 Pork Barrel BBQ gift card, and your name in the “High on the Hog Challenge” Hall of Fame.  Fall short, and you’re on the hook for $49.95.  The guys at Pork Barrel have said that they’ll open the challenge to as many people as want to try it on Thursday, January 31, but they need everyone’s name no later than Tuesday, January 29 to make sure they prepare enough food.  Email us or contact the restaurant directly if interested.

Generally speaking, Meat Week is meant to be a casual, come-as-you-are festival that will take place this year from Sunday, January 27th to Sunday, February 3rd.  Want to see what we’re doing each day?  Check out the calendar after the jump.

Sunday, January 27
6:30 PM
Urban Bar-B-Q
2007 Chapman Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

We’re kicking off DC Meat Week 2013 at the Urban location that started it all back in 2009.  This one is more Metro accessible and closer in for our DC fans, but it’s a smaller space so come early to stake out a seat!

Monday, January 28
6:30 PM
Hill Country Barbecue
410 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Hill Country offers a fixed-price All-You-Can-Eat barbecue feast every Monday night, and this year they’ve reserved their entire downstairs seating area for Meat Week guests.  Just let them know you’re there with Meat Week when you arrive, and you’ll be able to meat your fellow Meat Weekers and enjoy a dedicated bar and a few extra treats in addition to the feast!

Tuesday, January 29
7 PM
Epic Smokehouse
1330 South Fern Street
Arlington, Virginia 22202

Epic Smokehouse is the new Pentagon City restaurant that proves smoked meats don’t have to be relegated to backyard cookouts.  They are offering a $35 three-course Meat Week special that includes choices like Kahlua pig rolls, porcini-rubbed rib eye and bacon cupcakes, in addition to drink specials throughout the night.  Seating is limited for this special dinner, and Epic has asked us to have everyone call them directly and reference Meat Week to make reservations.  Their number is 571-319-4001.

Wednesday, January 30
7 PM
Rocklands Barbecue
2418 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20017

One of our long-time barbecue stand-bys here in DC, Rocklands is pleased to welcome Meat Week back for the fourth straight year.  Their specials will include:

1.       MIXED RIBS:  2 bones pork ribs, one bone beef rib, 4 bones baby ribs $ 14.99
2.       BELLY BUSTER: Brisket, 2 pork ribs, sausage, ¼ chicken, grilled onions, potato roll $ 12.99
3.       DOUBLE MEAT SANDWICHES: Choice of brisket, pulled chicken, chopped pork $ 7.99
Note: these combos do not include side orders (meat only).

Thursday, January 31
7 PM
Pork Barrel BBQ
2312 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301 (Del Ray)

Pork Barrel continues to be one of our most ardent Meat Week supporters, and their Sampler Platter was one of the biggest hits of Meat Week 2012.  They’ve brought it back again, offering ¼ pound pulled pork, ¼ pound sliced brisket, 1 Texas brisket sausage, ¼ chicken, 1/3 rack of ribs and choice of 2 sides for $19.99.

Friday, February 1
7 PM
Barbecue Food Truck Face-Off – Hosted by LivingSocial
918 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004

By now I’m sure you’ve tried at least one of the District’s three BBQ-focused food trucks, if not all three.  But have you ever tried them all side-by-side to determine just which one is the best of the bunch?  Thanks to LivingSocial and their 918 F Street space, you can.  We have brought together BBQ Bus, Carnivore BBQ, PORC and Fairfax-based Curley’s Q for a food truck face-off.  Your $49 admission will get you pork and brisket plus two sides from each of the four competitors, plus three PBRs and a chance to score all four to crown the winner of our first ever head-to-head competition.  Click here to buy tickets.

Saturday, February 2
1 PM
Kangaroo Boxing Club – Barbecue Brunch
3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

From the team that brings you the Purveyors of Rolling Cuisine (PORC) food truck, Kangaroo Boxing Club is a sit-down restaurant in Columbia Heights with a healthy respect for all things smoked.  They’ve reserved 45 seats for us at their weekly barbecue brunch, and they’re going fast.  If you want a spot, sign up through our EventBrite site ASAP.

Sunday, February 3
12 PM
Mr. P’s Ribs & Fish
514 Rhode Island Avenue, NE – in Rhode Island Ave Center parking lot
Washington, DC 20002

Mr. P serves up old-school barbecue from a converted bus in a parking lot three days a week.  It just wouldn’t be Meat Week if we didn’t include a place like this.  They don’t sell t-shirts or branded sauces.  Hell, they don’t even have tables or chairs.  Come out before the Big Game and take a taste of barbecue at its most traditional here in DC.


So there you have it – Meat Week in all its glory.  If you have further questions, you’re interested in interviewing our Meat Week Team, or you just want to let us know you’re planning to attend, please feel free to email us – capitalspice AT gmail DOT com.  And remember the national Meat Week motto: Eat Meat. Repeat.